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EDITORIAL  
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3
Evolutionary change: The new face of Annals of Cardiac Anesthesia


Chief Editor, Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Cardio Neuro Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Date of Web Publication1-Jan-2015
 

How to cite this article:
Kapoor PM. Evolutionary change: The new face of Annals of Cardiac Anesthesia. Ann Card Anaesth 2015;18:1-3

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Kapoor PM. Evolutionary change: The new face of Annals of Cardiac Anesthesia. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 14];18:1-3. Available from: http://www.annals.in/text.asp?2015/18/1/1/148311


Wishing the readers a very happy 2015 from the editorial office of annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
"Annals of Cardiac Anesthesia (ACA)," the official Journal of Indian Cardiovascular Thoracic Anesthesiologists is our pride. I am greatly honored to be serving this highly acclaimed association and to be a part of its academic activity. Evolutionary change is the essence of life. In keeping with the changing tide of technology and increased visibility on social media, it will be my endeavor to enhance the glory of the journal by upgrading the impact factor. For this, we need more and better original articles, more citations and prolific hits on the journal web.

Journal is a major link between science and practice

The journal contents of ACA published by us should be at par with internationals standards, provide more interaction among readers and should provide a platform to all cardiac anesthesiologists in the country to reflect their daily cardiac anesthesia practice. This will be achieved by adding to the journal more pros and cons sessions about methodologies and dilemmas in cardiac anesthesia, newer ways of learning newer technologies like three-dimensional and four-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, learn how to ameliorate problems of increased clinical, academic, research, and administrative burdens a cardiac anesthesiologists faces in the confines of the operation theater (and yet remains neglected by the hospital administrators) - the daily dilemmas! Hence, we come together as a big family via publications with more interactions on the journal which is a "major link between science and practice."

How to go about the changes

For this starting 2015 January issue, we start an interesting "Editorial Blog" and another "Heart to Heart Blog" of intriguing and erudite images in cardiac anesthesia, add videos commentaries on interesting and difficult topics in cardiac practice and have more tutorials and Review Articles on upcoming topics. The Section Editors and myself as Editor will pose questions on the subject, which will be on the blog and opinion of readers will be sealed and valued. This will create an open forum for discussions on many topics and help reach a consensus on major and minor issues in cardiac anesthesia. To help achieve this in a better way, we have a revised Editorial Board, new Section Editors, and the Review Board have all been introduced/upgraded to include experts in all fields of cardiac practice, nationally and internationally.

Digitalize The Journal ?

In the interest of upgrading the impact factor of ACA, it would be prudent at this stage to modernize the journal, by making it digital, as has been announced also by Howard Bauchner, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of American Medical Association, who has said that the "future of the medical journal is going - digital" the digital format opens space for debate that journal(s) have not previously explored. [1] In spite of their strong ties to tradition, journal editors are finally responding to the changing ecology in terms of adopting advanced technology. Smart software will decide based on largely open access journals which papers will be of most interest to a particular reader. Such a system, we hope, would ease the burden of information overload for individual physicians, by bringing only the most relevant research straight to them.

Digital technology will make passive reading active

With the digital format readers, read articles and experts go on to discuss them, decreasing the passivity. The new technology of the "Journal Apps" once approved with its innovative ways and increased accessibility to the contributors and readers will provide help to both and that is essential to us, as together both of them form the "Backbone of ACA."

Advantages of technology

With the advanced software, reader would be able to browse the available issues, download issue and store it locally for the lifetime on their phones/tablets and reader can search articles on downloaded issues; user can bookmark downloaded articles and highlight text of the article. Finally, user can browse videos and images of an issue on his smart phone anytime.

Aims of editorial board of annals of cardiac anaesthesia

  • It is our aim to make the journal more transparent, accurate, replicable, and more easily available to its members so that it remains a commanding and professional influence between the readers and the contributors.
  • Ensure and adapt a faster review process which will be "online with no anonymity" which is a trend pioneered by journals like Biology Direct, where the open peer review is available for readers to read along with the article, thus providing the reader with maximum relevant research available to them. The same will be adopted by ACA Reviewers.
  • The new format of ACA will raise current issues facing Cardiac Anesthesia, the challenges problems and confrontations and work out some solutions to these contentions problems. [2] This way, we will improve patient outcomes, and ACA will be a platform to project those outcomes [Figure 1].
    Figure 1: The new look of ACA - Methods to Enhance Journal Status

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  • One major suggestion to the authors, I regard, is that it is imperative to draft a well-written cover letter (abstract) that highlights the significance and strength of their research as well as provides a good reason as to why the manuscript is good for the journal. It makes it easier for the Editor to determine whether the manuscript passes the journal's quality threshold. [3]
  • As an industry based on advancement medical publishing is on a ride and ACA will join this adventurous but tedious ride by maintaining accuracy in the journal. Preventing the peer-review system to be too stressed out is also on the agenda. This has been overcome at the first stage by increasing the number of reviewers while maintaining the expertise standards. The increased number of experts will help the Editor reach a decision whether to accept or reject the paper and also instruct the author on how to "strengthen the paper." [4] Two "Best Reviewer Awards" will be given annually at the IACTA Conference, because Reviewers are the Gods of the Editorial Board and incentives should be given for their consistent and thorough efforts.


We hope to make ACA a platform and mouthpiece for cardiac anesthesiologists across the country and in a unanimous way a podium to bring forth, replicability and generalization - as well as equity and transparency - which will help us to continue to command influence and respect in society as anesthesiologists and intensivists.

Thus, my humble plea to all readers, you could bring to us problems and dilemmas faced in the operation theater, intensive care unit, and wards by all of you in a scientific manuscript format so that they are brought to light in this prestigious academic feast in an informative, authoritative, and evidence-based dialog as research on our patients in the Indian subcontinent by US. Research in our world has to grow and with you all, ACA will grow. I request cooperation from you all and all criticism and advice. Let's grow together in our teenage years of ACA into emerging adulthood as scientific readers and writers and better practitioners.

asato ma sadgamaya

tamaso ma jyotirgamaya

mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from ignorance to truth

Lead me from darkness to light

Lead me from death to immortality




 
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Schroter S, Tite L, Hutchings A, Black N. Differences in review quality and recommendations for publication between peer reviewers suggested by authors or by editors. JAMA 2006 ;295:314-7.   Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Samet JM. Dear author - advice from a retiring editor. Am J Epidemiol 1999;150:433-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. Peer Review in Scientific Publications. Vol. 1. London, UK: House of Commons; 2011.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Nature. Peer-review Policy. Available from: http://www.nature.com/authors/policies/peer_review.html. [Last accessed on 2011 Aug 04].  Back to cited text no. 4
    

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Correspondence Address:
Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, Cardio Neuro Center, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.148311

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